Battle on for honours in comedy awards

The Office and Phoenix Nights were set to battle it out today at the British Comedy Awards.

The Office and Phoenix Nights were set to battle it out today at the British Comedy Awards.

They have four nominations apiece and their respective stars, Ricky Gervais and Peter Kay, are competing for the Best Comedy Actor crown.

The category also pits Gervais, aka cringeworthy boss David Brent, against fellow Office star Martin Freeman, who plays sales rep Tim.

Both shows are nominated for Best TV Comedy and the People’s Choice Award, while Phoenix Nights actor Dave Spikey – who co-wrote the series and plays club compere Jerry St Clair – is up for Best Comedy Newcomer.

Best Comedy Actress is a three-way contest between Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley, Gimme Gimme Gimme’s Kathy Burke and impressionist Ronni Ancona.

Have I Got News For You, I’m A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here and V Graham Norton are in the running for Best Comedy Entertainment Programme.

Graham Norton is also up for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality alongside Jonathan Ross and Paul Merton.

Ross is hosting the awards, now in their 12th year, at the LWT headquarters on London’s Southbank.

Other shows hoping to scoop a gong include Cold Feet, The Kumars At No 42 and Six Feet Under.

Broadcast live on ITV1, the event is one of the livelier nights on the showbiz awards circuit.

Infamous moments from the past few years include Julian Clary claiming to have indulged in a sex act with Norman Lamont, a drunken Caroline Aherne heckling Sir Nigel Hawthorne, and Spike Milligan referring to the Prince of Wales as a “grovelling little bastard”.

Celebrities lined up to present tonight’s awards include Johnny Vegas, Melinda Messenger, Rio Ferdinand and Roger Moore.

The full list of nominees is:

Best Comedy Actor

:: Martin Freeman (The Office)

:: Peter Kay (Phoenix Nights)

:: Ricky Gervais (The Office)

Best Comedy Actress

:: Joanna Lumley (Up In Town/Absolutely Fabulous)

:: Kathy Burke (Gimme Gimme Gimme)

:: Ronni Ancona (Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression)

Best Comedy Entertainment Personality

:: Graham Norton (V Graham Norton)

:: Jonathan Ross (Friday Night With Jonathan Ross)

:: Paul Merton (Have I Got News For You)

Best Comedy Newcomer

:: Dave Spikey (Phoenix Nights)

:: Kris Marshall (My Family)

:: Leigh Francis (Bo Selecta)

Best New TV Comedy

:: 2DTV

:: The Book Group

:: The Kumars at No 42

Best TV Comedy

:: Black Books

:: Phoenix Nights

:: The Office

Best Comedy Drama

:: Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

:: Cold Feet

:: The Book Group

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme

:: Have I Got News For You

:: I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here

:: V Graham Norton

Best International Comedy Show

:: Sex and the City

:: Six Feet Under

:: The Simpsons

Best Comedy Film

:: Amelie

:: Bend It Like Beckham

:: Legally Blonde

The People’s Choice Award

:: Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression

:: The Office

:: Cold Feet

:: Phoenix Nights

:: International King Of Sports

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